Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 4/18/2015 - Dodger Links - The Bubble Machine, Hatcher and Daniel Corcino


I just noticed the above photo of one of the Dodger bubble machines used last season by the Dodgers.  Apparently, it is now retired for good as it was auctioned off at the Dodger Foundation Gala held the other night.

From what I understand, there were several different bubble machines used last season so fans shouldn't be too worried that it's legacy has been diminished.  Instead, you should be grateful that it was auctioned off to the highest bidder for a great cause.  Besides, bubbles are not entirely disappearing from Dodger Stadium.  A couple weeks ago I mentioned that Gazillion Bubbles was recently named the “Official Bubbles of the Los Angeles Dodgers” for the 2015 MLB season, and they will be making their first visit tomorrow at Viva Los Dodgers.

Below are some links to check out:
  • ICYMI, the Dodgers called up Adam Liberatore from AAA to join the club in Colorado for yesterday's game.
  • Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Chris Hatcher is back after hitting small speed bump."
“I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’ve done anything [mechanically], my stuff’s always been there, it’s just how to use it,” said Hatcher after Tuesday night’s exciting come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. “A little more confident in it tonight. I didn’t go right after guys with the fastball, I mixed it up a little bit more. When you throw somewhat hard and you’re mixing your split [finger fastball] with your slider, it’s a different look. Everything was good tonight, I like the way it came out.”
  • The Dodgers made another move.  Per a press release, they have claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino from Cincinnati and designated left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick for assignment. Eric Stephen at True Blue LA tells us a bit about him.
  • Oscar Martinez at Lasorda's Lair compares and contrast the comments made by Magic and Ice Cube regarding TWC; "Magic Johnson And Ice Cube Weigh in on the Dodger's TV Fiasco."
  • BTW, Oscar is an avid collector and maintains his own card collector blog called, "All Trade Bait, All the Time."  He currently has a new post up where he shares his visit to the Institute For Baseball Studies at Whittier College.  Go here to check it out.  Oscar shares some fantastic photos of some vintage 1960's era glasses a patron had just dropped off.
  • Hanley doing Hanley things.  Via Chris Cwik at Big League Stew, "Hanley Ramirez hit a ball so hard that he put a hole in the outfield wall."

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Scans of the 1950 Jackie Robinson Comic #4


Are you ready for another issue of the Jackie Robinson comics?  Featured here is issue #4 scanned in total. Directly below are links to the other comics I've scanned and shared so far:
  • JR Comic #1 (the first half) - Link
  • JR Comic #1 (the second half) - Link
  • JR Comic #2 (complete scans) - Link
  • JR Comic #3 (Complete scans) - Link
Click on any pic to embiggen.

TWC-Comcast Merger Might See a DOJ Lawsuit


Man-O-Live!

Time Warner stock is taking a hit right now, and it's all because of a recent Bloomberg report that the Department of Justice is leaning towards an anti-trust lawsuit against the Time Warner-Comcast merger.  Per David McLaughlin at Bloomberg:
Staff attorneys at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block Comcast Corp.’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Attorneys who are investigating Comcast’s $45.2 billion proposal to create a nationwide cable giant are leaning against the merger out of concerns that consumers would be harmed and could submit their review as soon as next week, said the people.

The antitrust lawyers will present their findings to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, who will decide, along with the division’s top officials, whether to file a federal lawsuit to block the deal, they said.

The Justice Department lawyers have been contacting outside parties in the last few weeks to shore up evidence to support a potential case against the merger, one of the people said.

Furthermore, officials at the antitrust division and the Federal Communications Commission, which is also reviewing the deal, aren’t negotiating with Comcast about conditions to the merger that would resolve concerns, such as selling parts of its business or changing practices, said two people familiar with the situation.
If the DOJ officially comes out against the merger and/or if the merger doesn't go through then I think it's fair to say that it could be a very, very, very long time until SportsNet LA will reach the other 70% of LA homes.  After all, it's been widely reported that this pending merger was the main barrier to having the channel on everyone's television, and if it ceases to happen then all kind of wheels start to fall off.  Heck, the speculation that a SportsNet LA bankruptcy filing is imminent becomes much more real.

Hat Tip: Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

UPDATE:  I should add that there is one very interesting point in the Bloomberg article.  It states that the DOJ is NOT currently negotiating with Comcast to address their concerns.  Basically, it's all or nothing for them and that's bad news for Comcast.

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Vintage Dodgers' Rings, Jewelry and a Jersey... Oh, My!

Here is a last look at various Dodger related memorabilia items found at SCP Auctions.

Have I told you that I can't get enough of those shiny satin Dodger uniforms they wore in the 40's?  Via the auction description:
These uniforms were produced for night games in an effort to make the players "stand out," seemingly with a nod to the depleted talent pool that existed in the closing years of World War II. The experiment did not last long and save for a brief revisit in 1948, the uniforms were produced in very limited quantities with few surviving examples having surfaced. The offered is a home white satin jersey from Ray Hayworth retaining its original "Dodgers" blue lettering across the front with desirable No. 32 on the verso having later been retired by the Dodgers in honor of Sandy Koufax.
(Auction Link)

And now for some bling.

This is former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Mal Mallette's 1951 Montreal Royals International League championship ring.  Mallette had a stellar year in 1951 after getting a "cup of coffee" in Brooklyn the prior season.  He went 10-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 29 games for Montreal.  Unfortunately, he would never get another chance with the big club, and would eventually leave the game after the following season at the age of 30. After retiring he became a sportswriter and was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.
(Auction Link)

Below is Ron Perranoski's 1974 LA Dodgers National League Championship ring.  He pitched for us for eight season before becoming our pitching coach throughout the 80's.
(Auction Link)

Check out the 1988 LA Dodgers World Championship pendant from John Shelby below.
(Auction Link)

Lastly, below is Bill Russell's 1988 LA Dodgers World Championship ring.
(Auction Link)

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2015 Topps Gypsy Queen - The Dodger Base Cards

Released just a couple of days ago, here is a look at all of the Dodger base cards found in 2015 Gypsy Queen.  Go here for a complete checklist.

There is something about how they manipulate the photos for this set that I really love.  Features on players that are usually glossed over are accentuated, and any photoshopping that's done (like to the Kendrick card) looks seamless.  As you may know, it's based on an 19th century tobacco card set, so they go all out in giving it an old-timey feel.

My main complaint, though, is the photo selections for both Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax.  For whatever reason Topps continues to use the same old photos for them in every set they are a part of, and it's getting boring as heck.  And how many times do we have to see Clayton Kershaw show us the ball?  That photo has been used so many times since it debut in Allen & Ginter several years ago.  Ryu showing us the ball, on the other hand, is something I can appreciate.

Next week I'll have pics of the variations, inserts, autograph and relic cards.  So stay tuned.

#3 Joc Pederson                                 #13 Zack Greinke

Blog Kiosk: 4/17/2015 - Dodger Links - Newest Target Yadier Alvarez, Pederson and Joey Amalfitano


The Dodgers held their Dodgers Foundation Gala last night and by all accounts it was a fun and worthwhile affair.  The boys were able to get together and let loose a bit by downing some drinks, sharing a stogie with Uribe and wearing some outrageous outfits for a fashion show.  Fun was definitely had by all.  The photo above was taken by Jon SooHoo.  Go here to check out more pics from him, Juan Ocampo and Jill Weisleder from the evening.

Below are some links to check out:
The expectation is that even if Alvarez is granted the waiver that he will wait until July 2nd to sign. This is due to the persistent rumors that the Dodgers will be blowing past their international bonus pool for 2015-2016 (starting on July 2nd), with Alvarez their top target.
“Joc is a solid defender,” Mattingly said. “That talks to the importance of what he’s capable of doing out there kind of on an everyday basis. Not so much having to make the spectacular plays, but just the bread and butter, getting good jumps, running good routes, being solid for us.”
  • What a strange game of musical chairs.  The day after being called up to Los Angeles Carlos Frias has now been optioned back to AAA.  That leaves an open spot to the 25-man active roster, so expect a move soon to replace him in the bullpen.
  • Former Dodger coach Joey Amalfitano spoke with Chris Haft at MLB.com to share his favorite moments in Baseball.  Check it out here.  On Gibson's home run:
"All hell broke loose," Amalfitano said. "All the guys came out of the dugout. I was going to home plate and stopped and said, 'Wait a minute, this one's going down in history.' So I went back to third and shook his hand."

Amalfitano pounded Gibson once, then twice, in triumph.

"He said to me, 'Back-door slider, Joe,'" said Amalfitano.
  • Via Ian Denomme at Big League Stew, "Bryan Stow takes big step in recovery, throws out first pitch at minor-league game."
  • Panini has released a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2015 Diamond Kings Baseball set; including the Joc Pederson and Corey Seager cards below.  Go here to check out more pics from Panini.  The set officially releases on April 29th.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rockies Series Starts Tomorrow - Scheduled Autograph Sessions, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts this evening against the Colorado Rockies, and several former Dodgers are scheduled for an photograph session with fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

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Friday, April 17th at 7:10 PM
RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.00) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 5.84) 
SNLA/AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Tonight's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:00 PM.  It is Friday Night Fireworks, so fans will be able to go down onto the field after the game to watch the spectacle.  The evenings theme is Coachella 2015 and DJ Earworm is the producer of the show.

The cast of Super Troopers will be coming in character as Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Foster (Paul Soter), and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) to throw the ceremonial first pitch and announce the Dodgers’ starting lineup. Singer and former “American Idol” contestant Elliott Yamin will perform the national anthem.  There will be a stilt walker in the left-field plaza and a DJ ADM in the right-field plaza from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Dodger alumnus Mickey Hatcher will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 5:00 PM. to 7:00 PM. 
  • The Military Heroes of the Game are U.S. Army Sergeant Marco Garcia of San Fernando and U.S. Army Specialist Michael Rodriguez of Delano. Garica earned his Airborne Wings at Fort Benning and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and in a humanitarian mission to Haiti, receiving numerous awards for his various missions. He is currently stationed at Fort Irwin. Rodriguez served one year overseas at Camp Humphrey in South Korea and a four-month deployment to Turkey. He is currently stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring more than 25 signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction on Friday include a Yasiel Puig autographed photo, Joc Pederson autographed baseball and Clayton Kershaw autographed Dodger jersey. The auction will end at 8:45 PM.

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Saturday, April 18th at 6:10 PM
RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.69)  
SNLA/AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Saturday's game starts at 6:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 3:30 PM, and stadium gates open at 4:00 PM.

Jimmy Kimmel heroes Tom Artiaga, Moses Gonzalez and Arturo Meza will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Country music singer and former “The Voice” contestant Michael Austin will perform the national anthem.  DJ ADM will perform in the right-field plaza, DJ Lady Sha in the left-field reserve plaza and acoustic guitar duo Everett Coast will be in right-field reserve plaza.

Tommy Lasorda and author Colin Gunderson will hold a book signing from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the New Era Store in the Right Field plaza.  Dodger alumnus Al Ferrara will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 4:00 PM. to 6:00 PM.
  • The Military Heroes of the Game are U.S. Army Sergeant Juan Segura Jr. of Wilmington and U.S. Navy Petty Officer Ronald Paniagua of Monrovia, who are brothers-in-law. Segura has participated in Combined Resolve with NATO forces in Europe and Stony Run exercises with British forces. Paniagua has served in three deployments including Operation Unified Protection and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Sunday, April 19th at 1:10 PM
RHP Eddie Butler (1-0, 1.64) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 6.75)
SNLA/AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Sunday's game starts at 1:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 10:30 AM, and stadium gates open at 11:00 AM.

This is the first Viva Los Dodgers event of the season.  It is at the historic 76 station and begins at 11:00 AM.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early as a special Dodger guest  Adrian Gonzalez will make a special appearance from 11:00 AM. to 11:30 AM. Dodger alumnus and broadcaster Manny Mota will sign autographs from 11:00 AM. to 12:50 PM. Musical entertainment will be provided by Latin Grammy-nominated Trio Ellas and Mexican regional artist Jesus Mendoza.

Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Steve Aoki will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Aoki, a longtime Dodger fan, will also present a DJ set on top of the Dodger dugout prior to the game.  RedOne recording artist Ericka Guitron will perform the national anthem.

Dodger alumnus Lee Lacy will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 11:00 AM. to 1:00 PM.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Sahagun of Santa Clarita. Sahagun joined the Army as an emergency department physician and commissioned officer. He was deployed multiple times serving in Bosnia and twice to Iraq.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring more than 25 signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions will take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items up for auction on Friday include an Adrian Gonzalez autographed photo, Zack Greinke autographed baseball and Howie Kendrick autographed Dodger jersey. The auction will end at 2:45 p.m.

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The Complete Jackie Robinson Deluxe Doll Set from 1950


With Major League Baseball celebrating the career of Jackie Robinson this week I thought this recent find was timely.  It's also incredible!

While rummaging through eBay I came across a listing that had my eyes glowing. Featured is a complete and practically mint 1950 deluxe Jackie Robinson doll display package; complete with every original item enclosed.

You can see the original doll in fantastic condition, the hanging tag, original cap and shoes, jacket (which you never see in this condition), bat, pocket baseball game, cardboard infield display and the original box.

It had a huge price tag on it, so it went unsold - $5,500.00.  It's far pricier than other Robinson dolls I've run across, but it also happens to be one of the best representations of the collectible I've ever seen.

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Scans of the 1950 Jackie Robinson Comic #3


I'm far from done with sharing scans of my vintage Jackie Robinson comic collection.  After all, there's still four more to go.  Featured here are scans of book #3 released in September of 1950.  Directly below are links to the other comics I've scanned and shared so far:
  • JR Comic #1 (the first half) - Link
  • JR Comic #1 (the second half) - Link
  • JR Comic #2 (complete scans) - Link
Click on any pic to embiggen.

Ice Cube Means Business - He Can't Watch the Dodgers Either


Don't get him mad 'cause he'll go crazy on ya.

As many of you know, Ice Cube is a huge Dodger fan.  He's been a frequent guest at games and even put together a Dodger anthem in 2013, so he's no fair-weather follower.  So, when word recently leaked out that he too could not watch his beloved team on television you knew he'd be out for blood.  Heck, he said as much in a recent sit-down interview with Conan O'Brien.
 "Ya, I'm about to kick somebodies ass."
Watch it below.

Video Link:

Pic above via Tommy Lasorda on twitter:

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